Mitchell Johnson becomes just the second player to win the award twice.
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Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson has been named the ICC’s Cricketer of the Year.
Johnson’s brilliant performance in the 5-0 Ashes win over England and against the Proteas during Australia’s series win in South Africa.
He becomes just the second player to win the award twice, alongside former captain Ricky Ponting, after his previous win in 2009.
“Some of the greats of the game have been nominated and won this award and it’s a very special honour,” Johnson said.
“I’m very proud to be nominated and compared to these types of players.
“Aggressive fast bowlers are something you’d have seen back in the day with the likes of [Dennis] Lillee and [Jeff] Thomson.
“For me, it’s nice to be able to contribute to the team and do the job that I’ve always thought I’ve been able to do.
“I suppose it comes down to the attitude I’ve got, the belief and the confidence. I’m very happy with where I am at the moment and I want to keep getting better as a cricketer.
“This is something that I’ll be able to look back on in time when my career is over and be exceptionally proud of.
“I want to thank everyone for their support, especially my team-mates, support staff and my family for everything they’ve done for me. I wouldn’t be sitting here today without them.”
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Cricketer of the year: Mitchell Johnson (Aus)
Test player of the year: Mitchell Johnson (Aus)
ODI player of the year: AB de Villiers (RSA)
Women’s ODI player of the year: Sarah Taylor (Eng)
Women’s T20 player of the year: Meg Lanning (Aus)
Emerging cricketer of the year: Gary Ballance (Eng)
People’s Choice: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Ind)